Invitation of the project What to affirm? What to perform? to the 2009 History Forum in Berlin
2009 History Forum
Awakening 1989 – Ways out of German and European separation
Berlin, 28 to 31 May 2009
After successful events in the years 1949/89/99, the 2009 History Forum is turning to academics, creators of culture, educationalists, journalists and those interested in history to understand the year 1989 as a historical and cultural turning point and to discuss the various recollections of the overcoming of the communist dictatorships in Germany and east-central Europe.
The Tanzquartier Wien (TQW) and the Allianz Kulturstiftung have followed the invitation to this famous major event.
The two-year project What to affirm? What to perform? which was initiated by the TQW in cooperation with the Allianz Kulturstiftung, attempts to develop a new form of reading of the history of dance in eastern and south-eastern Europe. Contemporary dance here was only able to begin to establish and institutionalise itself with the beginning of the downfall of the communist regimes in the 1980s, but it was already present in a latent form previously, in fine art, contemporary music, experimental theatre and performance art. The aim of this project is to record the significance of eastern-European dance history and thereby for the first time to be in a position to create any kind of basis for an all-European dance history. In the 2009 History Forum in dialogue with the Slovenian director, performer and theoretician Janez Janša (SLO), Franz Anton Cramer (D), a dance scholar and visiting professor at the Inter-University Centre of Dance in Berlin, discusses the importance of the artistic reconstruction and of the re-enactment for consolidating Europe’s dance history.Sunday, May 31, 11 at Gorki Theater, Vorbühne. What to affirm? What to perform? is a cooperation between the Allianz Kulturstiftung, CDU Centre for Drama Arts Zagreb, CNDB Centrul Naţional al dansului Bukarest, Maska Ljubljana and the Tanzquartier Wien.
A detailed programme of the 2009 History Forum is available from mid-April at www.geschichtsforum09.de